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Pliny Was Write

A snippet from a letter to Tacitus from Pliny the Younger:

Happy are they, in my opinion, to whom it is given either to do something worth writing about, or to write something worth reading; most happy, of course, those who do both.

I take this to mean – if I’m going to write well, I sure better live well too.

50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills

My friend Sherryl over at Ebooks4writers.com shared the following link in her latest newsletter.  Though it is easy to substitute learning to write for writing (i.e., procrastination), this link is awfully useful – especially on a Sunday afternoon.  Enjoy!

Visual Merriam-Webster Dictionary

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/28/50-free-resources-that-will-improve-your-writing-skills/

Sage Advice from Harper Lee

Never mind the hide, for starters don’t use idioms like “sage advice.”

I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career, that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide — Harper Lee.

Pulled this from an article on Writer’s Digest, where Allen Drury also said “set a schedule and stick to it.”  In other words, stop searching for “writing advice” on Google and get writing (actually, I love reading writer’s advice on writing – it’s an addiction)!

8 tips on writing by Paulo Coelho

I am a huge fan of Paulo Coelho.  The Alchemist has resided in my top-five books for a very long time, and I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon!  A fan of his collected some of his writing tips, and I love the message: keep it simple, tell a story, and allow your readers the respect to make of it what they will.

Check out his top 8 writing tips (I’d reproduce them here, but I’m not sure he will answer my request to do so – so just follow the link, worth the 2 minutes for sure!  http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2012/06/21/tips-for-writing/)

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